UN trying to mediate between Thailand and Cambodia over Preah Vihear border

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The situation at the Thai-Cambodian border near Preah Vihear remains tense as the UN tries to mediate talks and a ceasefire between the two countries.

Thailand-Cambodia border dispute: UN calls for truce
BBC, 14 February 2011

Abhisit needs to move fast over Cambodia row
The Nation, 15 February 2011

Unesco must help create peace, not war
Bangkok Post, 15 February 2011

Cambodia Says Thais Used Cluster Bombs in ‘War of Aggression’
Bloomberg, via Jakarta Globe, 15 Feb 2011

UN urges peaceful Thai-Cambodia settlement
AP, via Jakarta Post, 15 Feb 2011

Unesco to hear Thai viewpoint
Bangkok Post, 15 Feb 2011

Security Council urges restraint
Phnom Penh Post, 15 Feb 2011

Tourist bodies issue warning
Phnom Penh Post, 15 Feb 2011
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Thailand reaffirms position on Preah Vihear

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reaffirmed his country’s position on Preah Vihear at a recent meeting with the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposing Cambodia’s intention to develop the disputed territory near the temple.

Abhisit sets out Thai position on temple
Bangkok Post, 22 November 2010

PM firm on Preah Vihear stance
Bangkok Post, 21 November 2010
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Preah Vihear: for those of you just tuning in

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Most readers would already be familiar with the Preah Vihear dispute between Cambodia and Thailand, simmering over a piece of land surrounding the World Heritage Site that has caused tensions between the two countries. The Southeast Asian Globe has a pretty good round-up of the dispute and provides a good summary of the story so far. To check out some of the stories that I’ve indexed over the last few years on the Preah Vihear dispute, click here.

Stones of Contention
Southeast Asia Globe, 28 September 2010
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Academics counsel different approach to handle Preah Vihear dispute

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The Bangkok Post reports on how some academics in Thailand are counselling a more pragmatic and less emotionally-charged approach to handling the Preah Vihear dispute, which erupted in 2007 when UNESCO designated the border temple as a World Heritage Site under Cambodia. The award has become a political hot potato in Thailand, where nationalists have seen the award as a breach in sovereignty and has led to the worsening of relations between the two countries.

Academics want pragmatic approach over border row
Bangkok Post, 09 August 2010
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Preah Vihear tussle in the last WHC meeting

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Preah Vihear became a source of contention again for Thailand and Cambodia during the recent World Heritage Committee meeting in Brazil a couple of weeks ago when Cambodia submitted a proposal to solely manage the controversial site, much to the chagrin of their Thai neighbours leading to protests. The committee decided to postpone any plan raised by Cambodia on the basis that there was too little time to review it and it will be looked into again next year. Hopefully, this will lead to dialogue between the two countries in jointly managing the site, particularly in demarcating the borders in the vicinity of Preah Vihear which is still in dispute.

Preah Vihear to be raised at heritage meet
Bangkok Post, 22 July 2010

Thailand and Cambodia tussle over World Heritage Site Preah Vihear Temple
CNNGo.com, 27 July 2010

Protest against Preah Vihear temple listing
Bangkok Post, 27 July 2010

Thai cabinet opposes Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple management plan
MCOT, 28 July 2010

Abhisit threatens to reconsider UNESCO ties over Preah Vihear
Phnom Penh Post, 29 July 2010

Thailand may quit UN body over temple issue [Link no longer available]
Laos News Net, 29 July 2010

Preah Vihear’s borders ‘must come first’
Bangkok Post, 29 July 2010

Temple tension mounts
Phnom Penh Post, 30 July 2010

WHC postpones decision on temple plan to next year
Bangkok Post, 31 July 2010

PM tells media to study UNESCO resolution as Cambodia claims victory on Preah Vihear issue
MCOT News, 31 July 2010

Temple Row Sours Thai-Cambodian Ties—Again
The Irrawady, 31 July 2010

PM urges Thais to support government on ancient temple
MCOT News, 01 August 2010

New fighting breaks out at Preah Vihear border

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A small firefight broke out between Thai and Cambodian forces near the Preah Vihear border, reportedly when Thai troops encroached onto Cambodian territory. No casualties were reported, and both sides have moved quickly to the discussion table.

Thai Army Rangers clash with Cambodian troops near Preah Vihear temple
MCOT News, 24 January 2010

Khmer and Thai troops clash at border near temple
DPA, via The Nation 24 January 2010

Cambodia, Thai troops clash
AP, via Straits Times, 24 January 2010

Cambodia reports clash with Thai troops on border
AA, via Jakarta Post 24 January 2010
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Thailand tells Unesco to ask before entering

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A recent visit by Unesco officials to Preah Vihear prompted a curt notice by Thailand that Unesco must ask for permission from Thailand before any visits to disputed areas. However, the Unesco delegation said that they steered clear of any disputed areas and only toured the Cambodian side. It sounds like Thailand is touchy over the (unresolved) territory issue at Preah Vihear, and it also goes to show how much injured pride is at the heart of this border dispute.

Thailand to UNESCO: Ask before entering disputed border zone
MCOT News, 21 May 2009
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Thailand refuses to pay for damages at Preah Vihear

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Thailand refuses to pay the US$2 million demanded by Cambodia for compensatory damages from the firefight which occured in early April. Of course, Cambodia isn’t amused. Still, the two governments are looking to keep the issue of compensation separate from the ongoing border talks.

FM calls on Unesco to act transparently on temple
Bangkok Post, 16 May 2009

Preah Vihear market money row not part of border talks: official
Phnom Penh Post, 15 May 2009
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